2008 - Senior: Competed in the lead-off position on bars in every meet on the season...Hit on all 13 bar routines on the year...Scored a season-high 9.800 on bars to finish third vs. Denver...Hit 50-of-51 bar routines throughout her career (.980), including the last 29 in-a-row.
2007 - Junior: Competed on bars in the last 13 meets and contributed on both vault and floor in the second half of the season...Placed second on floor against Illinois-Chicago with a career-high 9.850, the second highest floor score for the Illini on the season...Tied her uneven bars season-high of 9.800 at the Big Ten Championships to help the Illini to a season-high 49.300 team score on the event...Posted four top-three finishes on the season...Exhibitioned on beam three times, posting a top score of 9.575...Has two career event titles through three seasons, both on the uneven bars...Has hit 40-of-42 overall routines (.952) over the past two seasons, including 22 straight bars routines...Illinois Scholastic All State Selection.
2006 - Sophomore: Competed on bars for the Illini in every meet and competed on floor six times...Recorded the first individual title of her career at Illinois-Chicago on bars (9.725)...At the State of Illinois Classic, tied a season best of 9.750 to win bars...Hit 17-of-18 routines on the season.
2005 - Freshman: Competed on vault, bars and floor for the Illini...Hit 12-of-12 bar routines and counted toward the team score in all 12 meets...Placed second on bars with a personal-best 9.775 at the Illinois Quad...Recorded two third-place finishes on bars against Denver (9.725) and at Michigan State (9.750)...Scored a career-best 9.875 on bars at the Texas Women's Quad meet...Recorded career bests on vault (9.650) against Denver and on floor (9.700) at the Texas Women's Quad...Rewarded with the team's Most Improved Gymnast Award.
High School/Club: National qualifier three years in a row...In 2003, named team captain and helped her team receive the sportsmanship award...First place on uneven bars at regionals in 2002...Four-time high school academic All-American.
Personal: Daughter of James and Debra Melcarek...Majoring in kinesiology...Favorite athlete is Brett Favre because he is confident, aggressive, a team player and a leader...Hobbies include swimming, shopping and listening to music...Biggest thrill in sports was Super Bowl XXXI - Packers vs. Patriots.
Coach Starkell on Melcarek
"Throughout her career, Krystal has shown that she is one of the most consistent uneven bar competitors, hitting just about every bar routine since her arrival as an Illini. Her role as the lead-off competitor will be vital for this year's bar line-up. Krystal should also lend experience to the floor squad as she was solid on this event the last half of the 2007 season."
Krystal's Career Highs
Vault: 9.650 (1/29/05)
Bars: 9.875 (2/26/05)
Floor: 9.850 (3/17/07)
The Melcarek File
Favorite Illini Athlete: Vontae Davis
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite TV Show: Monday Night Football
Favorite Movie Quote: "Surely you can't be serious. I am serious...and don't call me Shirley." -Airplane!
Favorite activity outside of gymnastics: Dancing
Favorite Coach Bob Quote: "You ready? Make it happen."
Most overused phrase: "Seriously - C'mon!"
Person I'd like to spend a day with: Will Ferrell because something funny is bound to happen
Thing I've always dreamt about doing: Skydiving
The most influential person in my life: My dad, James
I can't go a day without: Laughing
Three words/phrases that describe me: Crazy, Competitive, Should have been a blonde
Updated July 2008